In Legend, acclaimed bestselling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas a single mission from the Vietnam War. On May 2, 1968, a twelve-man Special Forces team was covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia. What the team didn't know was that this section of jungle concealed a major enemy base. Soon they found themselves surrounded by hundreds of North Vietnamese Army soldiers. Special Forces Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez hearing the distress call, jumped aboard the next helicopter bound for the combat zone. What followed would become the stuff of legend in the Special operations community. Flown into the foray of battle by the courageous pilots and crew of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, Benavidez jumped from the hovering aircraft, and ran through withering enemy fire to the orchestrate an extraordinary defense and rescue of the nearly decimated team. During the hours-long battle, he was bayoneted, shot, and hit by grenade shrapnel, yet he preserved in is efforts until every survivor was out of harm's way. With extensive access to family members, veterans of the elite Studies and observations Group (SOG) and 240th Assault Helicopter Company who survived the battle, nerve-before-published eyewitness accounts, as well as recently discovered archival and declassified military records, Blehm has created a riveting narrative of Roy Benavidez's inspiring life and career, and of the astounding, unforgettable events that occurred on the battlefield that day. Book jacket.
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